Best Rangefinder for Long Range Shooting

Best Rangefinder for Long Range Shooting

Finding the exact range of your target is definitely a challenge at long range.

So, getting a rangefinder than not only is extremely accurate but one that can maintain that accuracy over massive distances can be a hard task. I have used countless different rangefinders that provide tremendous range and all while remaining accurate and having the important features you will need.

Below are the best 3 options that I have used, let me explain why.

Best Rangefinder for Long Range Shooting – Top 3

Most Affordable Option

#3 Sig Sauer KILO850

Sig Sauer KILO850

If you are on a budget and want a great rangefinder for that low budget this Sig Sauer is without a doubt going to be your best option.

First off, the setup on this rangefinder is a piece of cake. It’s just a matter of installing the relevant battery and once that’s done you are up and running. For operation, you point to your target and simply press the range button on top. Then immediately you will get a reading of the distance to your target in yards. While it displays the distance in yardage you can change this to meters if you prefer by pressing the mode button. The lenses can also be adjusted to get the optimal focus but for me personally mine worked right out of the box and didn’t need adjusting.

A feature that I really like with this rangefinder is the AMR which stands for Angle Modified Range. This is a mode which can be turned on and even if there is a significant height difference between you and the target it is designed to only measure the horizontal distance regardless if you are higher or lower than the target. The other available mode is the more standard mode called the LOS which means line of sight, which give the direct distance regardless of any slop or gradient.

When it comes to testing the accuracy, this was one of the main reasons I choose this rangefinder as the most affordable option. Not only is it affordable but it’s also highly accurate and never measured more or less than 0.5 yard from the actual distance in my testing which is ideal.

The only downside I saw to this rangefinder was that the backdrop is not illuminated and the aim and distance displayed is in black letters which makes for seeing it in dark or low light conditions quite difficult.
Advantages
  • Great value for money
  • Accurate
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Comes with 5-year warranty
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to use in low light

Best All Rounder

#2 Vortex Optics Ranger 1000

Vortex Optics Ranger 1000

The first thing that stood out to me when I took this out of the box was the design and the color. Not only does it look great in the green color, it also feels durable and it’s so small and compact it wouldn’t be bigger than the size of your hand. This means you can easily carry it in your pocket or jacket which is convenient.

The durable feeling mainly comes from the green material which is a rubber which is designed to be able to absorb an impact and it also makes it grippy and it’s easy to hold because of this. It is also fully waterproof which will undoubtedly make it last much longer in the long term.

When getting a range this rangefinder requires a 3-step process. The first press is to turn on the rangefinder and this will display a red LED on the viewfinder. Then again you will press it to activate the aiming reticle and finally a 3rd time to get the range and display it. While this is a little slower than the typical one button reading on most rangefinders it also can mean a more accurate reading. Though in a pressure situation and you need a fast reading it certainly won’t be your best bet.  

Unlike #3 in my list it has a red LED which makes for seeing it at night and in the dark much easier and more effective. The brightness can also be adjusted as I found it to be too bright at night on the higher setting though once I lowered it, it worked perfectly.

When it comes to the effective range, their website states 10-1000 yards on a reflective target. While I didn’t test it all the way up to 1000 yards at the lower end it was probably effective from about 15 yards though this wasn’t on a reflective target. In terms of the accuracy it was very accurate and almost always spot on the exact yardage that it should be.

Advantages
  • Excellent build quality
  • Small and compact
  • Waterproof
  • Highly accurate
  • Great range
Disadvantages
  • Requires 3 buttons presses to get yardage

Best Overall Option

#1 Sig Sauer Kilo 2000

Sig Sauer Kilo 2000

The best rangefinder for long range shooting has to be another option from Sig Sauer. The first thing that stand out to me with this rangefinder is the incredible range. It will work effectively from about 5 yards to way over a mile and it display results to the nearest 1/10th.

When testing the accuracy, myself and reported by many other numerous users is that this rangefinder can match the quality of rangefinders costing $2,000 – $3,000 in terms on how accurate it is. It was always highly accurate and if accuracy is your main concern I would get this one.

In terms of the design and build quality its 2nd to none and I was really impressed. It has an almost cushioned like padding on the top that also has the indents that makes it more ergonomic. It’s also about the size of my palm which is very small and lightweight also. You can easily carry it in your jacket pocket or wherever you prefer.

On the viewfinder, everything is displayed in red which works really perfectly at nighttime and in low light conditions. It has a sensor which detects the ambient level of brightness and automatically adjusts the display brightness which really is so effective and convenient.

For functionality, it’s just a matter of a single button press and then almost immediately your range will be displayed. There is also the feature called scan mode which refreshes the range 4 times a second so as you move the target around you can get a constant update of exactly how far your target it. This is especially useful on moving targets and a feature a lot of other rangefinders don’t have. It also has the AMR which means angle modified range which will simply measures the distance horizontally and not the usual direct distance.

Everything comes in a high-quality box alongside a nice quality carrying case and string to attach to the rangefinder which all of which are a nice inclusion to have.

Advantages
  • Highly accurate
  • Immense range
  • Top notch build quality
  • Nice feature set
  • Compact and lightweight
Disadvantages
  • n/a

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David Gray is a 26 year old blogger. He is website designer that graduated from Queens University with a BSc in Computer Science.

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